Speaking with the Daily Beast this week, actor Morgan Freeman took a detour from promoting his movie Five Flights Up to address the media’s coverage of the unrest in Baltimore.
Freeman said that when the media is covering live events, all CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC do is just throw out take after take after take, and “CNN wants to be pure news, but the others are just commentary. They’re just commenting on things.”
On Baltimore specifically, Freeman took the side of the protesters, saying that it took violence to get the media to finally notice their oppression by the local police force.
“The other thing is that technology lets us see behind the scenes a little bit better,” Morgan said. “Police have a standard reaction to shooting somebody. I fear for my life and I fear for my safety. Now, at least you can see, ‘Hey, his hands were up in the air! What part of your safety were you afraid of? The guy was running away, what part of your safety was in danger?’ There was one situation I saw where a cop told a guy to get out of the car, said, ‘Show me your driver’s license,’ and the guy reached back into the car and the cop shot him!”
“F*ck the media,” Freeman concluded.